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What happened to Mike Sabin’s bill?

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, October 10th, 2015 - 22 comments

John Key Mike Sabin

In March of this year National recycled a private member’s bill that Mike Sabin originally championed.  The bill if enacted would have permitted a Judge to draw an adverse inference from a defendant facing child sex abuse charges exercising the right to silence. The bill was in the list of private members bills released on […]

WINZ dysfunctional

Written By: - Date published: 12:07 pm, October 5th, 2015 - 22 comments

work and income winz

I guess it’s not exactly news that WINZ is dysfunctional, but its interesting to have some actual data on one of the symptoms. Bonus feature – one of the Nats’ worst excuses ever.

Speech to UN height of hypocrisy

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, October 3rd, 2015 - 34 comments


Key’s little lecture to the UN would have been delivered with a lot more moral authority if it wasn’t built on the heights of hypocrisy.

An R-101 Post

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, October 2nd, 2015 - 89 comments

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Someone once made an art-work of a brick with some ‘guy ropes’ attached to represent the ill fated R-101 airship…

Kiwiblog supports anti TPPA protest

Written By: - Date published: 12:17 pm, October 1st, 2015 - 24 comments

Kiwiblog advertising tppa walk away

Kiwiblog is advertising the TPPA Ministerial protest promoted by the Its Our Future website.

Diesel Bomb

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, October 1st, 2015 - 37 comments


Last Friday I wrote a post on Volkwagen gaming NOx emissions. This is a follow up.

Pandas WTF?

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, October 1st, 2015 - 41 comments


Pandas – one lightweight piece of fluff too far?

English: it’s all the planners’ fault

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 30th, 2015 - 23 comments

bill english grinning

A guest post from Ad analysing Bill English’s speech where he blames planners for Auckland’s housing woes.

Key pinches Labour’s Kermadec Sanctuary Policy

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, September 30th, 2015 - 88 comments

Zombie Key

National’s announced intention to create a marine sanctuary around the Kermadec Islands looks remarkably like Labour’s policy from the last election. And why did John Key not tell his caucus beforehand?

Commentary on research cuts

Written By: - Date published: 2:50 pm, September 29th, 2015 - 10 comments

shoot in foot

It’s not just lefties such as yours truly who think it’s mad to cut agricultural (especially emissions) research.

Christianity doesn’t compromise with other religions

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, September 29th, 2015 - 115 comments


Christianity doesn’t compromise with other religions or has the World Finally Gone madder?

Campbell: The TPP dairy deal is done

Written By: - Date published: 2:50 pm, September 28th, 2015 - 63 comments


Gordon Campbell (one of the last known practitioners of the dying art of journalism) claims that the TPP dairy deal is already done. He makes a convincing case.

The decline of the Herald

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, September 27th, 2015 - 103 comments


Mass redundancies at the Herald have been described as a blood bath and are clearly having an effect on its quality.  Such is its quality there is a question whether the political column this morning was written by a part time travel writer or by Heather du Plessis-Allan.

AgResearch cuts include greenhouse gas research – of course

Written By: - Date published: 12:28 pm, September 25th, 2015 - 28 comments


Cutting research into greenhouse gases? With our emissions profile? Now? This can’t possibly be mere stupidity. This must be willful blindness.

NOx-ious shit all around.

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, September 25th, 2015 - 108 comments


Been trying to get my head around the implications of Volkswagen’s rigged diesel performance tests. Predictably, and unlike most stories covering this, I couldn’t give a rat’s arse for the financial woes the company might be facing.

Pandas for everyone

Written By: - Date published: 1:25 pm, September 22nd, 2015 - 56 comments

panda on bike

John Key is trying to divert attention away from the numerous problems the country is facing by talking about pandas.

Corbyn rides a commie bike!

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, September 16th, 2015 - 100 comments


The subtle and not so subtle demonisation of Jeremy Corbyn by England’s establishment media is going to be something to behold.

This Government’s priorities

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, September 16th, 2015 - 37 comments


In recent news it has been stated that the Government has let Serco off fines totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars while at the same time it is sneaking through retrospective changes to the law to deny thousands of beneficiaries money they are otherwise entitled to.

All the left wants is a clean contest of ideas

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, September 15th, 2015 - 153 comments

Jeremy Corbyn

Josie Pagani yesterday chose as a left wing commentator to condemn Jeremy Corbyn’s politics as being based on narcissism where hard decisions never need to be made, and the unpopularity of a policy was evidence not of its failure but of its virtue.  She should have analysed his history before making these claims.  And in the interests of balance the media really needs to choose left wing commentators who will proudly stand up and support progressive ideals rather than repeat right wing attack lines.

UK – Cameron loses his shit, new members flood to Labour

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, September 14th, 2015 - 183 comments

Cameron hysterical tweet

Inside National’s spin machine

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, September 11th, 2015 - 81 comments


A very interesting post in The Herald yesterday by Grant McLachlan (former Parliamentary researcher and a Nat campaign director) detailing National’s well resourced and well organised spin machine.

MPs are harmful to digital communications

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, September 11th, 2015 - 21 comments


As anticipated, what is the first complaint at this site under the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015? Not from a kid cyber-bullied by the classmates. But by an adult trying to stifle legitimate criticism and analysis of what they wrote and distributed digitally. And they didn’t read what they were required to do under the act.

The left like Red Peak flag coz Nazis

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, September 7th, 2015 - 74 comments

Red peak flag

According to Cameron Slater the left support the Red Peak flag coz the Nazis used to brand political prisoners with a red triangle that looks like an upside down red flag.

Syrian refugees – National backs down

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, September 7th, 2015 - 71 comments

refugees are human beings-1

The backtrack is under way.  Last week National was not budging on refugee numbers.  Today they will announced an urgent passage allowing for the intake of more Syrian refugees.  The focus groups have spoken. Update: and the announcement is for 600 new refugees over 3 years and $4,9 million in increased aid.

Crazy Corbyn?

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, September 3rd, 2015 - 88 comments


Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity in the UK Labour leadership race has the political establishment in a tizzy. So of course, out come the dirty tactics. Private Eye has done a great job of showing up one of these….

Away with the economic fairies

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 1st, 2015 - 40 comments

Business confidence-August2015 front page

The ANZ survey shows business confidence at the lowest levels since the financial crisis. Yesterday John Key insisted that it was “reasonably positive”. He was either completely wrong or lying through his teeth. Either way it’s unacceptable.

Mike Hosking – The case of the vanishing journalist

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, August 29th, 2015 - 83 comments

John key mike Hosking

To try and excuse his obvious bias Mike Hosking is now claiming not to be a journalist (unfortunate that his bio material says he is). That Hosking would try and disown journalism speaks volumes to his character.

National scared of farmers?

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, August 24th, 2015 - 41 comments


As the worm turns, the Nats are all over the place on health and safety. Andrew Little suggests that National is “terrified of the farming lobby”. Something sure has to explain the fact that they ended up fronting this crock.

Health and safety categories – ludicrous and venal

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, August 22nd, 2015 - 8 comments

Worm farm mini golf work safety

A small sample of the reaction to National’s “health” and “safety” nonsense.

Government braces for expected worm farm mini golf fatality onslaught

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, August 21st, 2015 - 50 comments

Woodhouse worm farming

Apparently worm farms and mini golf ranges are dangerous places.  And worm farmers playing mini golf are in grave peril.

Gower and the 3 News ratings slump

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, August 20th, 2015 - 68 comments

patrick gower square

Seems like Hosking is not the only journalist attracting attention for his obvious pro-National bias.

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